Alexander Zverev won the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 thanks to a three-set victory against Matteo Berrettini, with the final score of 6(8)-7 6-4 6-3. After Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, the German is the player with the highest number of ATP Masters 1000 titles among those in activity: in Spagan he won his 4th Masters title, his 15th career and the 2nd in season.
Already executioner of the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, who had broken his dream Slam at Flushing Meadows, the German also notes Matteo Berrettini in the notebook of the victims. The third Top 10 in the week.
Sascha plays a more orderly game overall. Although he needs to make up a set of disadvantage (after a crazy tie break) and almost three hours of play to enter the Madrid tournament's wall of champions for the second time.
He actually finishes 6-7 (8) 6-4 6-3. Few, however, the recriminations for the Italian number one, protagonist of a good final and a great tournament. Zverev is the first to make himself dangerous in response, Berrettini the first to give a break to the set.
The Italian player blocks a situation of 30-40 in the heart of the second game thanks to a splendid solution with the short ball, but above all he finds the backhand support in the response rounds. Needless to say he faces 15-40 when the luminous scoreboard says 3-3 and takes advantage of the second useful opportunity thanks to a splendid forehand response.
Called to keep the advantage, however, the number one of the Italy group is unable to find valid solutions from the baseline. The games that form the background to the tie break are essentially circumstantial. Berrettini overturns a very complicated arm wrestling on the left diagonal thanks to a backhand slice, hammers with the forehand in the second case and goes 3-0 thanks to a first winner.
8-8: Zverev thinks of throwing the second stronger than the first. The result is a bloody double foul. Called again to close with the available joke, Berrettini chooses the left side and makes no mistake. With two setting errors in the seventh game, Berrettini finds himself at 0-30.
And obviously also on 30-40. The number eight of the big group in the 'Caja Magica' somehow manages to save himself. Not to avoid damage in the immediately following turn of service. To record a bad choice with the short ball at 15-30 and above all a double foul at 15-40.
Berrettini clings almost completely to the surrender of the first serve. With the gasoline hand close to zero, the blue number one inevitably ends up allowing himself some more risks. And above all to accumulate a more consistent series of unforced errors.
Zverev does not take advantage of a 0-30 situation in the third game and risks the omelette in the immediately following with a double foul on 30-30. The German, however, applies the straight-serve scheme to perfection, takes advantage of a bad mistake by Berrettini and regroups the tie.
The German then delivers the decisive push in the moment of maximum difficulty and as in the logic of things he does not make any particular changes to the final. Rather. In the end he even repeats the break operation.